Kristiansand lost a bunch of key players and changed their coach. From the team that won everything last season, namely Tonje Refsnes, Hanna Maria Yttereng, Marketa Jerabkova, Ragnhild Valle Dahl, Nerea Pena, and Katarina Jezic have left the club in favor of new players Lois Abbingh, Luisa Schultze, Paula Arcos, and Tuva Pharo. They opened the season with three victories in the Norwegian league, but was a huge difference in class. Herning-Ikast won the 3rd place in the last edition of Danish championship. They reinforced the team with a former Kristiansand player left back Marketa Jerabkova and pivot Maria Lykkegaard, while key player and top scorer Ingvild Bakkerud remain in the team. Similar like the current European champions, they opened the season with three convincing victories and I think that have enough quality to keep a close result.